Religion shouldn't impede living freely

Posted: Friday, February 09, 2007

I am a ninth-grader at Juneau-Douglas High School. I'm writing in response to Kelsey Stark's letter opposing same-sex marriage in the Jan. 24 edition of the Juneau Empire.

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As Kelsey said, everyone is entitled to his or her own opinions and has the right to express them. Kelsey views same-sex marriage as immoral for religious reasons, and while I disagree vehemently, I respect her opinion. Nevertheless, I fail to see how the fact the Bible dubs homosexuality a sin is relevant to the topic of same-sex marriage. Religious beliefs are personal, and therefore should be left out of politics. Our Constitution protects our right to practice any religion we choose, so it wouldn't make sense to make same-sex marriage illegal based on Christian beliefs.

I once saw a T-shirt bearing the words, "Don't like gay marriage? Don't marry one." Regardless of how anyone feels about homosexuality, gay marriage would not harm heterosexuals in any way. People are entitled to think whatever they want about someone's lifestyle, but they should not try to prevent them living as they please.

Again, I respect Kelsey's opinions and her right to express them. I simply don't think religious beliefs are a legitimate argument against allowing people to live freely.

Teslin Benedict


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